this article, acknowledging the fact that *baby deer* die from harvesters, suggests using *infrared sensors* to detect their bodies rather than *not using machines that kill tons of animals* so we can eat industrial plant foods
dead animal parts as input to most plant food production

pest control means killing animals to protect plant food products

death to animals in ecosystems far and wide to grow industrial plant foods

death to animals to ship your plant foods across the world

Phosphate mining used to grow plant foods kills many animals and destroys ecosystems…

Look I didn't set out to write a "animal death from industrial plant ag" thread today but here we are. These practices are known and intentional by everyone involved in industrial agriculture. So if you think you get a free pass by averting your eyes you are lying to yourself.
Death and transfiguration are messy parts of nature. It is hard to accept these facts. I get it. But you can't think or invent your way out of the fact that something will die in order for you to live.
But you get to choose. And you can take responsibility for the kind of death you choose to sustain your life. You can choose to be a keystone species, managing a living ecosystem that sustains you and every other little critter. Caring for it as it cares for you.
And there are GREAT examples of stewards out there. I have never seen someone care for ALL animals as much as ecological farmers. Never.…
The people who understand this, that humans are a part of ecosystems and it is our duty to care for them, are the heroes of our age.

If anyone gets us out of the mess we are in, it will be small scale producers who make things within ecological limits.
One caveat:
@cognazor put me onto Will Bonsall's work, and it seems there is a possibility to be totally plant based and not kill animals to live. So if you are vegan please seek out food from non-industrial sources, because now you know industry kills many animals.

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8 Jun
@ethnowise Oooo boy do I have ideas. Incoming:
@ethnowise One big idea is any kind of widespread initiative that gets people out working alongside already existing small scale producers (and there are lots!) Like this:

@ethnowise Or it could be school children! Like Farm School as ongoing weekly field trips to regen farms. I am working on something like this with @amyj and @Tao_Orion now
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Localizing food systems is really the only way. But can I please keep chocolate?
I love people pleading to keep just one globally traded food

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V grumpy today but now I feel better so here's a picture of me in Morocco cultivating my undying love for internal courtyards Image
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24 May
This is the wrong, wrong, wrong conclusion.

Plant ag maximalism is a catastrophic ideology. It is a religion dreamed up via global aggregate data regression analysis by "environmentalists" sitting at computers.

It has no understanding of ecology. Shameful and harmful.
Animal ag via holistic management is *one of the only ways* we know how to sequester carbon using natural processes! 🤬

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24 May
So a little story about the time we naively explored the idea of sharing the land we bought in Uruguay with some "like minded" folks from Germany, and how quickly and ridiculously it went south.
@RizomaAt and I bought 9 acres of land in Uruguay in 2012, when we were tender 28 year olds. We had long thought "wouldn't it be cool to set up some kind of mini-village on the property with others like us?" We were still in Chicago saving money for the move.
We listed the property on an intentional communities directory and put up a website. We started fielding requests for more information. We had regular meetings with people seeking to move to Uruguay. None amounted to much. Mostly people dreaming.
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We've got to talk about the future of agriculture. Specifically, what's the vision? And what's likely to succeed in this transitional era?

I argue that we need to start at the smallest possible scale, lest our inability to solve many complex problems at once take us down.
Others have argued that the family scale farm is somehow inherently racist. We can get into discussions about land access and power, but for the sake of remaking the food system let's try to narrow our scope to the problem at hand: feeding people sustainably.
If feeding people sustainably is our scope, we must be realistic about how this can happen. We need to face the facts that we have lost generations of knowledge on how to produce food outside of industrial ag. Many of us are stumbling around in the dark.
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